IPL 2022: “He provided me with a stage to prove myself,’ Wriddhiman Saha praises Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya has been on the front foot every time he has been challenged. He responded with an IPL trophy when his role in the Indian team was in doubt.

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File Wriddhiman Saha, who had gone unsold in the first round of TATA IPL 2022 auctions, returned with a surprising performance for Gujarat Titans. It wasn’t just the debuting side that surprised the fans but Hardik Pandya‘s leadership too rose the eyebrows. The cricketing fans across the globe are seeing a strong contender for leadership for the Indian team. Wriddhiman Saha was one of the surprising results that jutted out of Hardik’s leadership.

Wriddhiman Saha in his recent statement to Bengali Daily Anandabazar Patrika, “Hardik showed faith in all those players who were released by the different franchises, whom nobody believed in. I was unsold (on the first day of the IPL 2022 mega auction). I was not getting chances in the beginning. Then he came and told me that I need to take the responsibility of an opener. I got my confidence back. He provided me with a stage to prove myself. Can never forget his contribution. I tried my best to repay his faith. In fact, everybody in the team fulfilled their duties, that’s what you need to become a champion side.”

“Hardik knows how to manage a side. A captain’s job is to stay connected with everyone, and understand their game, Hardik had no dearth of that. He has gone through a sea change. He used to be restless earlier but has changed completely now. He never lost his cool on the field, always showed faith in everyone.”

Saha was happy with the confidence shown in him by GT. “A captain will always be happy when the openers perform. The biggest thing was, that he believed in me. Hardik used to say if we don’t get off to good starts in multiple matches then it will put the dugout under a lot of pressure. So, my job was to get the team off to a good start,” he added.

 

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